Speaking of Nikki Haley, a political strategist (Paul Begala) expects Trump to officially name her as his VP running mate - not Pence. And he even predicts Trump to make this announcement at Mar-A-Lago on July 16th which is the last day of the Democratic National Convention. He suggests the announcement timing is to disrupt the big day for whichever candidate is nominated. It's not even claimed as a possibility but a straight up certainty.
That's one bold prediction with some very specific dating.
It would certainly give her the credibility and presence to make her own bid for president in 2024. I said she's been getting groomed for it but this would be way above anything I expected so for it.
Paul Begala's opinion really isn't worth much.
Haley's been mentioned as a replacement VP many times before. It's sensational, but Haley's been busy getting ready for 2024. She just hired Tim Chapman a few weeks ago to help build her infrastructure. That doesn't sound like the work of someone who is planning on running on Trump's ticket and then inheriting his campaign apparatus.
I believe that her strategy and preference is to win as her own candidate, stretching her popularity beyond the Trump coalition while maintaining good terms with Trump and his crowd. Running as Trump's junior partner doesn't really gel with that instinct.